According to the Ministry of Work and Immigration the number of foreigners joining Spain’s social security system in July rose by just 497 after increasing over five consecutive months.
The total number of foreigners affiliated to the social security system in Spain stood at 1,900,157 at the end of last month which is an increase of 0.02% compared to the previous month. The slight slow down in new affiliations for this group of workers contrasts with a rise of 33,169 in May.
The biggest non EU group of workers are Moroccan (225,036) followed by Ecuadorians (177,340) and Colombians (118,471). There are currently 81,764 Chinese workers affiliated to the social security system.
The rest of non EU workers who are affiliated to the social security system in Spain come from Bolivia (80,952), Peru (72,708), Argentina (48,909), the Ukraine (34,629), the Dominican Republic (33,866) and Brazil (26,261) amongst others.
The biggest groups of EU workers are from Rumania (286,294), Italy (67,003) and Bulgaria (54, 267) followed closely by the Portuguese (54,144), British workers (52.
495) and Germans (42.077).
The biggest group of foreign workers affiliated to the social security system work in the service industry (303,270) followed by the retail industry (207,555) and the construction sector (179,144).
Catalonia and Madrid have the largest foreign communities accounting for four out of every ten foreign workers in Spain (43.9%). In July Catalonia accounted for 434,177 foreign workers affiliated to social security system followed by Madrid with 401,023.
After Catalonia and Madrid Andalucia is the region with the largest number of foreign workers (215,167) followed by the Valencian region (200,828), the Balearic Islands (88,196), Murcia (87,439), the Canary Islands (79,624), Castilla-La Mancha (76,639), Aragón (67,475), Castilla y León (62,501) and the Basque Country (52,920).
The regions with the lowest number of foreign workers affiliated to the security system are Galicia (40,339) Navarra (26,409), Asturias (16,495), Extremadura (15,719), La Rioja (15,287), Cantabria (13,360) and the autonomous cities of Melilla (3,961) and Ceuta (2,597).